Apple 27-inch iMac Review

Posted: December 20, 2011
Apple 27-inch iMac Review

The 27-inch iMac is both sleek and stylish with its aluminum design, quad-core processors, FaceTime HD camera and more. Kevin Pereira and Candace Bailey review the features in this all-in-one desktop from Apple, like the LED-backlit display, wireless connectivity and up to three times faster graphics.

What You Need To Know

  • The aluminum design of the iMac is striking.
  • The 27" glossy screen is the biggest you can get with an all-in-one.
  • The display has a good amount of tilt to it, which will help if you are worried about glare.
  • The screen itself is bright and vibrant, with very good color reproduction.
  • There is an SD card sot next to the optical drive.
  • The back has 4 USB ports, 1 Firewire 800 port and 2 Thunderbolt ports.
  • Thunderbolt can handle 10 GBs each way, making it twice as fast as USB 3.0.
  • While there are currently many more USB 3.0 peripherals, we are starting to see more Thunderbolt peripherals hitting the market.
  • The 27-inch iMac ships with Lion so if you don't have it already, you are going to have to get used to the backwards scrolling.
  • If the Magic Mouse isn't magical enough for you, you have the option of ordering it with the magic track pad.
  • Backwards scrolling started with the Lion OS and it can be extremely frustrating at first.
  • The scrolling is just like an iPhone: swipe down to scroll up and vice versa.
  • Lion seems like it was built in anticipation of a touch screen interface.
  • The iMac is slim and powerful and this model has a quad core i7 processor so it can handle almost anything you throw at it.
  • These machines can handle heavy work loads with the best of them.
  • This is a 3.4 GHz i7 processor along with a 1 GB graphics AMD Radeon processor.
  • The iMac comes with 4 GB of RAM and though Apple is normally stingy with RAM, it's fine because their RAM is usually overpriced.
  • This iMac will handle up to 16 GB of RAM thanks to its 4 RAM slots.
  • Extra RAM is cheap online and easy to install.


  • Starts at $1,799 and the model we reviewed hear is $2,300.


  • 5 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The screen is gorgeous.
  • The aluminum construction sets this apart from other manufacturers.
  • There is plenty of power in here for anything you want to do.

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Comments are Closed

  • scout62

    Lol, preparing us for a feature that competitors already have....

    Posted: December 24, 2011 7:49 AM
  • icolossus90

    should put in the segment where you compare price of any of the features and show how much the computer would cost if it wasn't pre-built. for apple markups and pc markups.

    rant:why would i get used to a scrolling system i don't like? it's not frustrating that it is default i don't care about that, i just don't know why i would want to get used to it. i know how a touch screen works, completely different.

    Posted: December 23, 2011 2:22 AM
  • batmanjokergorden

    Actually it can take up to 32 GBs of RAM.

    Here's link.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/sh op/memory/iMac/2011/DDR3_21.5_ 27

    Posted: December 23, 2011 2:09 AM
  • Atheis4

    I love this computer. I got one last summer as a grad gift. It has changed the way I use computers for the better. I was a long-time PCer (still am at work) but the iMac makes using a computer so much more rewarding that I don't think I could go back at home. Gaming support is an issue, but for Creative Suite there is no better computer on the market.

    Posted: December 21, 2011 3:45 PM
  • billclinton2006

    Of course it got a 5 out of 5, its made by apple. If this was an HP all in one with the same exact performance that it would have gotten a 3-4 out of 5.

    Posted: December 21, 2011 10:41 AM
  • incubustable

    Spec wise, its on par with the best gaming PC's, but since its a Mac, its gaming library is not only limited, but usually behind when it comes to the latest gaming software making it difficult to compare to PC's. If you want actual detailed benchmarks, try cnet's review.

    Posted: December 21, 2011 10:07 AM
  • RPG-fan

    Didn't even do benchmark testing to see how well this iMac compared to other gaming PCs? I know Macs aren't usual for gaming, but come on G4.

    Posted: December 21, 2011 2:15 AM